Now that winter is on its way out and the nice, warm weather is starting to roll in, we deserve to take a warm weather vacation this spring, don’t you think?
I for one, am ready to lounge on the beach, relaxing and sipping on watermelon juice!
If you’re looking to stay close to the United States, there are plenty of warm weather destinations to travel to this spring that are only a short flight away and a few hours from major US cities.
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Here are 11 warm weather destinations to travel to this spring
1. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale Beach offers something for everyone. If you’re looking to explore the nightlife scene, central beach and Las Olas area is where you want to be. But if you’re looking to simply just relax along the beach or take a night stroll along the ocean, I would recommend staying on the north side of the beach for a more quiet setting.
Some of the best things to do include strolling down Las Olas Boulevard, visiting the Stranahan House and sightseeing on a water taxi along the intercoastal waterway where you’ll find homes and mansions of the rich and famous.
2. San Diego, California
San Diego is the place to be for an unforgettable family vacation with its amazing climate, world-class family attractions and pristine beaches spanning 70 miles of shoreline. There is lots to do here from simply getting in some relaxing beach time to exploring an array of activities where you’ll find something for everyone.
Some of the best things to do include a whale watching cruise and La Jolla sea caves kayaking tour.
3. Bacalar, Mexico
Bacalar is a little slice of heaven on earth located near the Belize border.
It’s a less-visited hidden gem, most known for its Lake of Seven Colors, Lago de Siete Colores which is a sight for sore eyes. Expect to relax and absorb the beauty without the hassle of spring breakers. In fact, you’ll most likely run into Mexican tourists versus the touristy crowds that tend to flock to Mexico come spring or summer. It’s a perfect place to visit whether you’re traveling solo, with family or as a couple.
Some of the best things to do include sailing tours through the lagoon of seven colors or take a lagoon sightseeing boat tour with an open bar and snacks.
4. Fajardo, Puerto Rico
If you’re looking for clear waters and sandy beaches, Fajardo is the place to be in Puerto Rico. Here you’ll find plenty of beaches as well as in the surrounding area. It’s also great for venturing into Vieques if you’re a nature lover and Culebra for peace and relaxation.
Some of the best things to do include kayaking the Laguna Grande Bioluminescent Bay and visiting the San Juan Nature Reserve in Las Cabezas.
5. Sanibel Island, Florida
Sanibel Island in Florida is one of my favorite places to visit in Florida. Sanibel is a cute, quaint island town that makes you feel like you are in a world of your own.
Here you can rent scooters or ride bikes to explore the island or stroll along the shell-lined shoreline in the evening and watch for sand dollars, starfish and dolphins as they put on a show under the beautiful sunset. The sunsets are amazing and watching the dolphins swim and jump out of the water will keep you coming back for more!
Some of the best things to do include a sunset dolphin cruise or sunset sail. Trust me, you don’t want to miss a sunset!
6. Hanalei, Hawaii
The small town of Hanalei is located on the north shore of Kauai – a hidden treasure trove where you can find historic places to explore, contemporary art galleries, watersports, or relax on the beautiful beach and take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains.
Some of the best things to do include a helicopter tour and my favorite, a kayak and snorkel tour among many other fun things to do.
7. Tamarindo, Costa Rica
This part of Costa Rica is best known for its white sandy beaches and a place to get your surf on. If surfing is not your thing, there are plenty of watersports to choose from including sailing or taking a sunset sail on a catamaran.
Some of the best things to do include volcano zip lining, an ATV tour and plenty of watersports to choose from.
8. Tybee Island, Georgia
Tybee Island is a barrier island located just outside of Savannah in Georgia. It has been a popular vacation hotspot since the late 1800’s with clean beaches and soft warm, ocean waves. It’s also where The Last Song was filmed with Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth.
If you’re looking for a peaceful and relaxing escape from the daily rat race, Tybee is a great place to be for a healthy dose of sunshine vitamin D, sand between your toes, crisp ocean breeze and blissful seaside lounging.
Some of the best things to do include a Tybee Island dolphin cruise tour and Tybee Island day at the beach experience where everything is done for you and all you have to do is show up for your ride!
9. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is another one of my favorite US destinations to visit – Especially in the spring when the weather is not too hot and humid (yet!). And if you’re a history lover like I am, you’ll find plenty to learn about in and around the downtown Charleston peninsula area. Most hotels offer beach bikes with your stay making it a perfect way to get around. Be sure to visit the rooftop bar and pink room at Hotel Bennett.
If you feel like venturing over Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge (aka the Cooper River bridge), I highly recommend going into Mount Pleasant to visit the popular village filming site of the Notebook.
Some of the best things to do include a guided kayak eco-tour, historic guided walking tour, Rainbow Row, and Boone Hall Plantation (another filming site for The Notebook).
My preferred accommodation: Francis Marion for its centralized location, reasonable pricing, sustainability and high cleanliness and sanitation practices.
The Vendue is another one of my top choices for its historical beauty, artistic flair and short walk to Waterfront Park and Rainbow Row. The downside is that it puts you further away from all the vegan-friendly/vegetarian eats on the far end of downtown. If you want to luxe it up, Hotel Bennett would be my top pick.
10. Laguna Beach, California
If you love the beach and beachfront everything, Laguna Beach makes a perfect beach getaway. And if you want to take it outside the beach area, there are acres of beautifully protected wilderness for the adventurous side of you to explore.
Some of the best things to do include an open ocean kayaking tour with sea lion sightings and all kinds of theme styled tours.
My preferred accommodation: SCP Seven4One Hotel for its holistic approach and core values that are based on wellness, kindness and sustainability. This one is a 2-minute walk to the beach, near art galleries, boutiques and dining.
11. Sunny Isles Beach, Florida
Sunny Isles Beach is located north of Bal Harbour and the popular “clothing optional” Haulover Beach Park. It’s coined as Florida’s Riviera for its clean and pristine white-sandy beach and luxury high-rise condominium resorts. Sunny Isles Beach is where you’ll find more of a quiet, relaxing, uncrowded setting where you can relax and lounge poolside or on the beach – Perfect for families or a romantic getaway.
Some of the best things to do include the Miami Beach boardwalk and yacht tours.
Where to Eat: Vegan/Vegetarian
Where to Stay: Hotel Accommodations
Find a Homestay or VRBO for a more “at home” accommodation.
My preferred accommodation: Acqualina Resort & Residences on the Beach for its luxury comfort and easy access to shopping – located in the shopping district.
If you want to take it to South Beach, I would highly recommend 1 Hotel for its sustainability practices, vegan-friendly food options, luxurious and comfortable rooms. Both hotels are perfectly located on the beach.